Belgians and Chelsea rule Premier League’s most valuable XI

The winter transfer market is nearing its close. Some Premier League teams made a couple of moves, while others seem to be happy with their current squad.

Big names usually don’t change teams during January. Therefore, we’ll be looking at the highest rated XI in the Premier League, using a 4-3-3 formation.

Note: it’s never easy to put an accurate market value on a player, but Transfermarkt does a pretty good job at it.

KEEPER

No matter what formation we use, Thibaut Courtois is our goalkeeper. The Chelsea man is rated at £24.5 million and stays in front of Manchester United keeper David De Gea, who’s valued at £21m. Tottenham keeper Hugo Lloris currently has a market value of £15.4m.

DEFENSE

Manchester City defensive duo Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi are our centre-backs. The Belgian is valued at £21m, despite suffering a couple of injuries this season. His Argentinian partner at the back is rated at £22.4m and is therefore the highest rated defender in the league.

Kompany and Otamendi keep team-mate Eliaquim Mangala on the bench with a value of £19.6m, with Everton starlet John Stones coming in fourth at £17.5m.

Cesar Azpilicueta is the highest rated left-back at £16.1m, with the Chelsea man keeping Manchester United defender Luke Shaw (£14.7m) and Everton’s Leighton Baines (£12.6m) behind him.

Everton right-back Seamus Coleman does make our XI, rated at £13.3m. Man City’s Pablo Zabaleta (£12.6m) and Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic/Liverpool’s Nathaniel Clyne (£11.9m) came just short.

MIDFIELD

Nemanja Matic has to be the rock in midfield, with the Chelsea player being the highest rated defensive midfielder in the Premier League at £28m. He leads Man Utd’s Morgan Schneiderlin (£19.6m) by a comfortable margin. City’s Fernando is third at £11.2m.

Another Chelsea player to join our midfield is Cesc Fabregas. The Spaniard leads the league when considering central midfielders, at a value of £35m. City’s Fernandinho, Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey and Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson share second place, rated at £19.6m.

The attacking midfield position is occupied by Mesut Ozil. The Arsenal star is rated at £28m, keeping City’s David Silva and Chelsea’s Oscar (both rated at £26.6m) behind him. Liverpool’s Roberto Firminho (£24.5m) and Coutinho (£21m) complete the top five.

ATTACK

Two Belgians are out on the wing: Chelsea’s Eden Hazard on the left and City’s Kevin De Bruyne on the right. Hazard is rated the highest of the two, at £49m. De Bruyne at £42m.

On the left, City’s Raheem Sterling has to be satisfied with a place on the bench, being rated at £35m. United’s Memphis Depay is third at £19.6m. On the right, De Bruyne has a big lead on United’s Juan Mata (£23.8m) and Chelsea’s Willian (£21m).

Sergio Aguero is the man to score in our XI. City’s Argentinian is rated at £42m, with Chelsea’s Diego Costa coming in second at £35m. Costa’s team-mate Radamel Falcao (£24.5m), Liverpool’s Christian Benteke (£24.5m) and Everton’s Romelu Lukaku (£19.6m) complete the top five.

Therefore five players from Chelsea, four from Man City, one from Arsenal and one from Everton make our XI, with Belgium featuring four players.

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